by Emme Nelson Baxter
Photography by Tiffani Bing
It was fifty shades of gray at the Brunello Cucinelli fashion show in May at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Grays, creams, blacks, and every tone in between were the color palette for the Italian designer’s fall women’s wear collection. The crowd of 600-plus oohed and ahhed as the models slinked down the runway.
The designer’s yummy collection was in Nashville thanks to a partnership between the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League and Jamie Inc. Everyone loved seeing Jamie Stream, her daughter Gigi Grimstad and the smart and stylish granddaughters India and Jamie Grimstad back in town for the big event. The collection was made available to buyers at Jamie’s eponymous boutique in Belle Meade.
The 2015 edition of the annual Nashville Symphony Fashion Show was chaired by the perennially chic duo of Collie Daily and Sissy Wilson.
Kelley and Lee Beaman graciously hosted a patron party at their home prior to the main event in May.
The evening began at 6 p.m. with cocktails al fresco in the Ingram Courtyard. There it was fun to bump into groovy girls including Leah Sohr, Lee Ann Ingram, Jana Davis, Peggy Andrews, Judith Bracken, Laurie Eskind, Lynn Scarola, Pamela Jackson, Sandra Lipman, Diane Edwards, Kathleen Estes, Elizabeth Dingess, Sally Nesbitt and Shannon Biesel. During that time preceding the show, guests also enjoyed staking out the silent auction and jewelry on display.
Around 7 p.m., once everyone was settled into seats at the Laura Turner Concert Hall, the show commenced. Nashville entertainment industry dynamo Anastasia Brown was delighted to serve as the evening’s emcee.
Everyone agreed afterwards a certain homegrown, Manhattan-bound talent was a standout among the models. Blue-eyed redhead Laura Hanson Sims was at her professional best on the catwalk.
When the ambulatory display of wool, strappy sparkly leather sandals with crew socks, furry vests, and crop pants ceased, guests enjoyed a video tribute to the Symphony’s first-rate education programs.
Versatile singer-actress Mandy Barnett then blew everyone away with her powerful vocals. She is clearly as comfortable on the Schermerhorn stage as she is on that of the Grand Ole Opry.
When the applause ended, attendees exited the hall for other areas of the center to enjoy a bit of Italian cuisine and more libations.
Proceeds from the show support the Thor Johnson Scholarship, which is administered by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League and provides local students with opportunities to advance their studies. The show also helps fund free education and community engagement programs, which annually serve more than 100,000 children and adults in Middle Tennessee.
In late May, major patrons of Cheekwood assembled at Botanic Hall to celebrate the opening of the blockbuster Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape exhibition at the botanical gardens. The summery chic—albeit rain-soaked—affair was enhanced by the presence of the cordial Spanish sculptor himself and his wife and studio manager, Laura Medina. Patrons enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and mingling with the internationally renowned artist. The monumental installations are on display through November 1, 2015.